What is the pandas role in its country?
According to the latest report there are a total of 239 pandas in captivity, 128 in Wolong, a further 67 in Chengdu and 27 who live out of the country. It is estimated that there are about 1,590 pandas still living in the world. A study in 2006 using DNA analysis estimated the number of wild pandas to be more in the region of 2,000 to 3,000 and although reports show number may be rising…
The threat to giant pandas is mainly loss of habitat. Wild animals need land that has not been converted to human purposes such as housing, agriculture, etc. Pandas in particular need bamboo forests, and people have found other uses for that land in China, which is a very crowded, overpopulated country.
The giant panda is one of these species that is near extinction. Pandas are of cultural importance to the Chinese. They are also of great economic benefits to some communities through tourism. They play a major role in the bamboo forests where they roam and spread seeds. This facilities greater growth of the vegetation.